Our CSA members have been getting fuzzy melon in their boxes for the past few weeks, and we've had it in abundance to use in our cooking as well. I have to admit that I was a little nervous when Dylan first mentioned he was growing fuzzy melon. It really didn't sound that appetizing. But I have to say that we've really enjoyed it!!
It is actually not a melon, or a squash, but an edible gourd. It is much like zucchini in the sense that you can pretty much put it in anything. You can also eat it raw. You can peel it...or not. It is a very versatile thing. I have put it in everything from soups to stir fry dishes and pretty much everything in between. Two nights ago, we used shredded fuzzy melon in place of zucchini or squash in veggie burgers, and it was great!! I choose to peel it, because for some reason the fuzziness bothers me. But you can scrub off the "hairs" and use it unpeeled, as well.
For more information on the fuzzy melon, and several recipes, check out the website www.fuzzymelon.com. You can make fuzzy melon soup..and fuzzy melon bread as well!!
We think this is a great addition to our farm and a great substitute for zucchini!! We hope our CSA members have enjoyed it as much as we have!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )